Scripture: Matthew 24:37-42
37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your LORD will come.
Hi everyone! I pray you had a great week and a restful weekend. Life doesn’t seem to slow down and we have to grab our quiet moments whenever we can. Time to center ourselves on what is important, is vital to our walk with Jesus. Today, I want to revisit Matthew 24:37-42 as I believe it is one of the most controversial scripture pertaining to end of world events. The topic of the “days of Noah and the rapture (second coming)” came up in a recent conversation and I want to share with you the new revelations as a result of that conversation.
Let’s pray! Father in Heaven, may You be glorified in all things. We find ourselves joining together in prayer to seek Your forgiveness for our transgressions and Your guidance in understanding Matthew 24:37-42 as it pertains to last day events. We surrender ourselves to Your teaching and purpose. In Jesus name, Amen!
Let’s take these Scriptures one at a time and break them down. “As is was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37) This verse seems to be pretty straight forward. In the days of Noah, the Scriptures tell us that God spoke to Noah and commissioned him to build an ark, gave Noah the blueprints, and the mission to tell the known world that God would flood the whole earth, destroying all life except the lives on the ark. (story starting in Genesis 6) For 120 years, Noah and his sons preached concerning the coming devastation, calling for repentance. The people of his day scoffed at Noah for they had never experienced rain and could not wrap their minds around such a crazy idea. Rain? Gigantic boat? Noah must be out of his mind. The people went on living their God forsaken lives and ignored the message Noah was sent to give. For 120 years, Noah preached the soon coming doom and pleaded with the people to hear God’s call, enter the ark and be saved.
In Matthew 24:38 we are told the people didn’t buy into what Noah was preaching. They went on with their regular routine of living life, having a good time, gratifying self, existing – secure in their Godless ways that God’s wrath would not come to pass. Nothing changed from God’s decree to destroy the inhabitant of the earth to the day Noah and his family went into the ark. The vast majority choose not to heed the call to repentance. Sound familiar? So the old adage goes; “there is nothing new under the sun.”
It is commonly believed that a person needs to hear information at least 14 times before they absorb and own it. Of course, we know this is just an average – we also know that it is often heard the first 13 times, just not pondered, processed. When my girls were teenagers and I repeated myself, they would say “we heard you mom” to which I would respond, “I know you heard me, you just weren’t listening.” So what does my sideways tangent have to do with Noah? I believe this is an appropriate interpretation of Matthew 24:39. Hearing something and knowing it – owning it – are two different things. Noah preached for 120 years. They heard him, made fun of him, scorned him and went about their business as usual. Only the women that married Noah’s sons came out from the world and believed. And the Scripture goes on to say, “the floods came and took them all away.”
This verse is crucial to our understanding of last day events. Who entered the ark? The saved – Noah and his wife, his sons and their wives, 7 of each clean animal, 2 of each unclean animal, male and female – that was the total sum of the saved. Who was lost? All the humans and animals outside the ark. Was anyone outside the ark left alive? No! All those outside the ark were taken away to death. Not a second change, not a retraining instructional period of time – they all died.
“As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man.” In Matthew 24:37-41, Jesus parallels what happened in Noah’s time with what will happen in our time. He paralleled these two events so that we could clearly understand what will happen in the last days. “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” When we compare these two verses with the story of Noah – compare the factual events – we can clearly see the Jesus is not talking about people being left alive. One man is taken up in the clouds of glory to meet his Savior and the other man will be left dead. One women will join the man in the clouds to meet Jesus and the other will be left dead. No one will be left alive on earth. Only those who have entered the clouds of glory to meet Jesus will be saved. “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1Thessalonians 4:17) (I underlined for emphasis)
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your LORD will come.” (Matthew 24:42) Jesus shares this verse, warning us that there will not be a second chance to give ourselves to Him and His power to save. The last day Gospel message is being preached – just as it was preached by Noah and his sons – then the end shall come. Now is the time, now is the appointed hour, now before it is forever to late. Surrender heart, mind, body, and spirit to the living God and be forever saved. Amen!
God bless you and keep you until we come together again next week!